Suspension blow for Bishop
A suspension took the shine off Ryan Bishop's riding win at Winton yesterday.
The Christchurch jockey rode Strike Up The Band to a convincing victory in the Caldwell Building Maiden. It was Bishop's 70th win.
Afterwards, the Judicial Control Authority suspended him for not riding Robert Brook out in the McHugh Building Maiden. Robert Brook finished fifth, half a head from fourth.
Bishop is suspended from after racing on Friday up to and including next Thursday.
He rode Strike Up The Band for Ascot Park trainers Jack and Jo Gordon, who won seven races with the gelding's dam, Price Road. Jo owns Strike Up The Band with Otautau farmer John McKenzie.
Bishop has been back in Canterbury for a month after working for Central Districts trainer Fraser Auret for eight months. Last year, Bishop had ''12 to 16'' race rides in Perth.
''I was there for two months and came back,'' Bishop said.
The Judicial Control Authority also handed out a fine of $200 to trainer Alex Freeman and instructed him to pay a losing riding fee of $126 to rider Jo Chong. Freeman and his team were late arriving on course and there was insufficient time to have stable runner Vindication saddled and on the track for the Caldwell Building Maiden. Vindication was scratched.
Freeman moved from Melbourne to Central Otago two and a-half years ago. He often travels with Omakau trainer Murray Hamilton to race meetings, with Murray driving.
However, yesterday Freeman transported his team by himself and missed the road from Mataura to Winton.
''We got down to Woodlands and had to go back to Dacre and over to Lorneville,'' Freeman said.
''My Google map wasn't working on my phone.''
To make things worse, he was further delayed by road works near Winton.
Whisky Reign, part-owned by judge Kevin Phillips, of Invercargill, opened the Winton meeting with success in the McHugh Building Maiden.
The Danske gelding was returning from an eight-month break. Knapdale trainer Ellis Winsloe said Whisky Reign showed promise as a 3-year-old last season and ran a satisfactory seventh in the Southland Guineas in February.
- The Southland Times